Wednesday football practice quick hits

By Zach Greenwell

And so it begins.

Head Coach Willie Taggart said the Toppers began their introductory prep for Nebraska at Wednesday’s practice, implementing the basics of the Huskers’ offense, defense and special teams.

Taggart said the simplest fundamentals of Nebraska’s game plan were introduced, and that he didn’t expect anybody to be “spectacular” with it right away.

He also said that Western would continue to work on its own game over the next few days, slowly putting in bigger pieces of Nebraksa information.

I’ll have a whole lot more on Nebraska in a notebook at later today, including what Taggart sees from their personnel and why senior linebacker Orlando Misaalefua feels Nebraska might overlook the Toppers.

— The other big news from today was that former Kentucky Mr. Football Antonio Andrews did practice with the Toppers at running back.

Andrews committed to Air Force in February but left its prep academy and enrolled at Western last weekend. He had been waiting for clearance from the NCAA to begin practicing with the team.

Andrews, wearing No. 24, worked with the second-team offense on several plays late in practice.

Taggart said that Andrews is on scholarship and just like all the other true freshmen, would have a chance to play right away if he could show that he can immediately help the team.

Look for more on Andrews’ debut in my notebook later, as well as a feature later tonight on two of Western’s linebackers, seniors Chris Bullard and Orlando Misaalefua. Those two, along with senior Thomas Majors, will make up a veteran linebacker corps that Taggart said he expects big things from.

— Lastly, junior quarterback Matt Pelesasa was back on the field for a few reps today, although sophomore Kawaun Jakes and freshman Brandon Doughty took most of the snaps.

Sophomore linebacker Chuck Franks, who was carried off the field Tuesday with a knee injury, was on crutches today with a compression cast on his right leg. Taggart said the staff would know more about the extent of the injury after Franks has an MRI this afternoon.


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